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Dan Hunter discusses For the Win on Marketplace

November 12, 2012


Dan Hunter, co-author of For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business, talks about trash cans with sound effects and other examples of gamification on American Public Media's Marketplace this morning.

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/interplanetary-internet-and-new-book-gamification


George Packer profiles Connaughton in the New Yorker

October 22, 2012


George Packer dedicates 18-pages to his profile of Jeff Connaughton (author of THE PAYOFF) in this week's New Yorker. Packer's piece and Connaughton's book both tell the story of Connaughton's and Senator Ted Kaufman's frustrated attempts to reform Wall Street.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/10/29/121029fa_fact_packer


Matt Taibbi reviews The Payoff by Jeff Connaughton

September 18, 2012


Matt Taibbi reviews THE PAYOFF: Why Wall Street Always Wins by Jeff Connaughton today:

"The great mystery story in American politics these days is why, over the course of two presidential administrations (one from each party), there’s been no serious federal criminal investigation of Wall Street during a period of what appears to be epic corruption. People on the outside have speculated and come up with dozens of possible reasons, some plausible, some tending toward the conspiratorial – but there have been very few who've come at the issue from the inside.

We get one of those rare inside accounts in The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins, a new book by Jeff Connaughton, the former aide to Senators Ted Kaufman and Joe Biden. Jeff is well known to reporters like me; during a period when most government officials double-talked or downplayed the Wall Street corruption problem, Jeff was one of the few voices on the Hill who always talked about the subject with appropriate alarm…."

Taibbi goes on to say that "those interested in understanding the mindset of the people who should be leading the anti-corruption charge ought to read this book," and that the book is "scary, and definitely worth a read."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/a-rare-look-at-why-the-government-wont-fight-wall-street-20120918#ixzz26rHICJK6


Simon Johnson praises Connaughton’s The Payoff in the NYT

August 24, 2012


Simon Johnson on Jeff Connaughton's new book, THE PAYOFF: Why Wall Street Always Wins on the Economix New York Times blog:

http://nyti.ms/O8Wcrz

"Mr. Connaughton is a fascinating witness and raconteur because he has been through the revolving door several times: in between work in the Senate and the Clinton White House, he spent 12 years in one of Washington’s top lobbying firms. This author has really lived in and understood the Wall Street-Washington corridor. The book is partly about his education — and ultimate disappointment, most of all with the Obama administration but definitely with both parties.

The system is rotten, to be sure, but this president came to office promising change — and that is exactly what we did not get on most crucial dimensions related to the financial sector. The failure depicted on this front is political and ultimately about money — and all the power that Wall Street can buy, one way or another.

The book is also about the details — the legislative and bureaucratic regulatory process through which your future prosperity is sold down the river. If you don’t follow the details, you’ll never really understand what happened to this country. Mr. Connaughton has done us a great service in laying all bare."


Oprah.com calls Camellia Network “a poetic call to action”

August 24, 2012


Oprah online praises Camellia Network this morning.

Here's the piece in full: http://bit.ly/Oek0tY.

And here are a couple of my favorite excerpts:

"It’s a social network that provides a tangible good, the kind of thing that makes you think, ‘Oh THAT’S why the Internet exists.”

“In the language of flowers, ‘camellia’ means ‘My destiny is in your hands.’ How's that for a poetic call to action?


Camellia Network Officially Launches - Wall Street Journal Takes Notice

August 20, 2012



Chris Berdik on our physiological frontiers in this morning’s LA Times

August 14, 2012


Chris Berdik, author of MIND OVER MIND (October), in an Op Ed for the Los Angeles Times this morning wonders what will happen when (perhaps, according to some experts, in the next generation of athletes) human beings finally become the best they and their peers and their successors are ever going to get. What happens when all the Olympic records have been broken….for good?

"...In addition to the swimming records, there were three new world records in the track competitions, four in cycling and six in weightlifting — a testament to human potential and to the Olympic creed that we can always go faster, higher, stronger.

But can we? Both the data (and logic) suggest that there are limits to human athleticism and that we're fast approaching them. The looming question: How will elite athletes (and the rest of us) respond when contests are no longer about being the best ever in a sport but rather about being the best in a round of competition?..."

http://lat.ms/QZIOqA


The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki on Peter Cappelli

July 03, 2012


James Surowiecki devotes his entire "Financial Page" column in this week's New Yorker to Peter Cappelli's new book, WHY GOOD PEOPLE CAN'T GET JOBS (Wharton Digital Press).

Surowiecki shares Cappelli's conclusion: "If you want to know why businesses aren't hiring, the answer isn't the skills gap. They just aren't trying that hard."

http://www.newyorker.com/talk/financial/2012/07/09/120709ta_talk_surowiecki


David Wessel on Peter Cappelli in today’s WSJ

May 31, 2012


David Wessel's A2 column in today's Wall Street Journal highlights Peter Cappelli's new book, WHY GOOD PEOPLE CAN'T GET JOBS: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It (Wharton Digital Press: June 1, 2012).

"Blaming schools and applicants isn't the solution," Cappelli told Wessel. "The way we're doing things now just isn't working."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304821304577436172660988042.html


Bradley on NPR’s Talk of the Nation

May 10, 2012


Senator Bradley talks to Neal Conan about getting money out of politics and breaking up the gridlock in Washington:

http://www.npr.org/2012/05/10/152426727/bradley-do-better-to-reverse-countrys-course



Bill Bradley on MSNBC’s Morning Joe

May 08, 2012


Senator Bill Bradley spoke to Joe and Mika today on Morning Joe:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036789/ns/msnbc_tv-morning_joe/#47336189


Just in time for Mad Men, Lynn Peril on NPR

March 22, 2012


Lynn Peril, author of Swimming in the Steno Pool, reviews three books written by women who were also secretaries on NPR's "All Things Considered":

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/21/148940023/skirting-the-job-3-secretaries-with-novel-ideas



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